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Boilermakers Ready For Saturday Showdown With #9 Wisconsin

January 24, 2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --Two squads looking to distance themselves from the middle of the Big Ten pack collide on Saturday evening when Purdue hosts No. 9-ranked Wisconsin in Mackey Arena, beginning at 5 p.m. (ET). The contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Shon Morris on the call, while the Purdue Sports Network will handle the radio call with Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman courtside.

 

 DateSaturday, January 25, 2014 Time5 p.m. (ET) LocationWest Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846) TelevisionBTN (Eric Collins, Shon Morris) RadioPurdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman) Satellite RadioSIRIUS (Ch. 92), XM (Ch. 190) Game NotesPurdue | Wisconsin | <!a href="http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pur/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/14-mbb-bigtennotes.pdf">Big Ten StatisticsPurdue | Wisconsin | Big Ten | NCAA Pregame PreviewsInfographic | Player Interviews (Video) | <!a href="XXX">Painter Teleconference (Audio) Internet CoverageGametracker | Purdue Media Center Social Media@BoilerBall (#BoilerUp)   |  Facebook | Instragram  EXTRA! EXTRA!Vote in Coaches Charity Challenge | Vote in NCAA 6th Fan | Purdue Newsstand 
GAME 20 | Purdue (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) vs. [9 | 8] Wisconsin (16-3, 3-3 Big Ten)
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The Game
Two squads looking to distance themselves from the middle of the Big Ten pack collide on Saturday evening when Purdue hosts No. 9-ranked Wisconsin in Mackey Arena, beginning at 5 p.m. (ET). The contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Shon Morris on the call, while the Purdue Sports Network will handle the radio call with Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman courtside.

Fans unable to attend the contest can also watch online on BTN2Go.com and live stats will be provided at PurdueSports.com via Gametracker. As always, you can receive text messages through Twitter, available at @BoilerBall.

The Opponent
Wisconsin, ranked No. 9 in last Monday's Associated Press Top 25 poll, enters the game having lost three straight games at Indiana, at home vs. Michigan and at Minnesota by a combined 23 points after starting the year 16-0 and ranked as high as third in the country. The Badgers dropped an 81-68 decision at Williams Arena on Wednesday night after shooting just 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range and being outrebounded, 32-22. The Gophers also shot 33-of-56 (.589) from the field, including 18-of-27 (.667) in the second half to pull the upset.

Head coach Bo Ryan has started the same lineup in each of the 19 games played this year and all five players average at least 9.1 points per game, led by sophomore Sam Dekker's 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Seven-footer Frank Kaminsky, who scored 43 points in a game earlier this year, adds 13.3 points per game, and Ben Brust contributes 12.9 points per game. Traevon Jackson is one of two players in the Big Ten (Penn State's Tim Frazier) to average at least 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists (10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.2 apg).

As a team, the Badgers are averaging 75.4 points per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. Wisconsin ranks first nationally in turnovers per game (8.2). In Big Ten play only, Wisconsin is averaging 76.0 points and shooting 48.5 percent from the field, averaging just 7.5 turnovers per game. The Badgers, however, rank 10th in league games only in rebounding margin (-4.2 per game).

Chance to Build the Resume
Purdue is entering the teeth of its Big Ten schedule on Saturday as ninth-ranked Wisconsin comes to visit Mackey Arena. Following its game with Wisconsin, the Boilers will head to white-hot and No. 21-ranked Michigan next Thursday, before ending the season series at Penn State on Feb. 2, a game that Purdue escaped at Mackey Arena, 65-64.

Following the contest against Penn State, the Boilermakers entertain equally-white hot Minnesota on Feb. 5, before concluding the season series at No. 17-ranked Ohio State on Feb. 8.

The Series
-- Purdue leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 105-65, as tonight's tilt will be the 171st between the two squads.
-- The 170 meetings are the fourth most against one opponent in Purdue's program history.
-- The 105 wins are the third most against a foe in program history (Northwestern - 123; Indiana - 112).
-- Purdue is 37-3 (.925) against Wisconsin in Mackey Arena. One of the losses came in Wisconsin's last trip (2012).
-- Purdue's losses to Wisconsin in Mackey Arena came in 2012 (67-62), 2005 (77-68) and 1972 (84-65).
-- Neither team has scored 80 points in the series since Feb. 29, 2004 (Wisconsin, 82), a span of 14 games.
-- In six of the last eight games between the two teams, neither team scored 70 points.

Boiling Points

-- Purdue has held four straight foes to 64 or fewer points.
-- Only two teams (Oklahoma State and Minnesota) have shot 50.0 percent against Purdue this year.
-- The highest field goal percentage for an opponent at Mackey Arena has been 44.6 percent by Ohio State (Dec. 31).
-- Opponents are shooting just 39.0 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from long distance at Mackey Arena.
-- Purdue is at least 3-3 in the Big Ten play for the seventh straight year.
-- Purdue has won at least 10 games in Mackey Arena for the 40th time in 47 years in the facility.
-- Purdue is averaging 76.0 points per game so far this year, its highest scoring average since 1997-98 (83.7).
-- In league play only, Purdue leads the Big Ten in rebound margin (+8.3) by almost three boards a game over Iowa.
-- In Big Ten games only, Purdue also leads the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense (.278).
-- With a win, Purdue will start at least 14-6 for the sixth time in Matt Painter's nine years (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008).


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